The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a programme of activities that leads to a recognised award that proves you have a certain level of skill and have recognised personal qualities. It is for young people aged 14-24 years old. You can do the programme at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold.
To achieve an award you must complete a personal programme of activities in your spare time, under four sections (five if you’re going for the Gold award):
- Skill – e.g. learn a musical instrument or improve your photography skills
- Service – e.g. volunteer to do some conservation work or help out at a local playgroup
- Physical Recreation – e.g. learn a new sport or style of dance
- Expedition – be a member of a team, plan and prepare your expedition, e.g. sailing on the Norfolk Broads, hiking in the Brecon Beacons or horse riding in the New Forest.
- Residential (Gold Award) - spend 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.
The award will help you to:
- Challenge yourself
- Have new experiences
- Meet friends and learn how to work in a team
- Discover hidden talents
- Make a difference in the local community
- Get fit
- Gain confidence
Ask your teacher, youth club leader, scout or guide leader if you can do the award through your school or club. If you can, they will tell you how to get started and help you through your award.
If you don't know where to do the award, contact Tom Langham via the contact details listed.
If you are interested in helping out with the award and becoming a DofE Champion, please see the flyer under 'Documents'.
The next information evenings are:
- Thursday 11 January 2018: 6pm
- Tuesday 13 February 2018: 6pm
- Thursday 8 March 2018: 6pm